Shortly after losing to Jon Jones in the main event of UFC 159, fallen title-contender Chael Sonnen left fans wondering what his next move would be after another failed bid at UFC gold, weighing retirement and a future in broadcasting rather against the probability of another run at a belt. The loss came in fairly one-sided fashion and made it ever clearer Sonnen isn’t able to contend with the sport’s elite.
Sonnen was asked about his plans at the post-event press conference where he refused to give a definitive answer about his future, expressing doubt about his abilities after being handled by “Bones” with relative ease but also making it clear it wasn’t as if he was getting handled by bums.
“I’m definitely not prepared to make up my mind yet. What am I going to do? I’m terrible. I lost to Jon Jones and Anderson Silva,” said Sonnen before taking a shot at an individual he’s had some heated exchanges with in the past also calling the division home. “What are they going to do, put me in with Wanderlei Silva? Who else am I supposed to beat around here?”
“I’ve had a lot of fights and they haven’t all gone my way. But I’ve only been beat up twice, and that was #2,” he continued, going back to the question at hand.
While it may not be enough to force him on to the sidelines for good, Sonnen’s inability to deal with Jones’ wrestling definitely gave the outspoken grappler cause for concern. Essentially, as Sonnen put it, Jones did to him what no other past opponent had.
“He beat me at my own game. It’s frustrating. It’s tough, and that’s it,” admitted Sonnen. “I had to watch the replay. He was in on my leg before he knew it. I don’t know how he set it up, if he threw a punch. I don’t know what happened. He was just on my leg. I’ve been in that spot my whole life. I got up and he hit it again, and I got up and he hit it again. I’ve only been taken down three times in my career. He took me down three times in one round.”
The loss was the second straight for Sonnen in addition to the second time in a row he’d be stopped with strikes. Though Sonnen is 0-3 in title-fights, he holds a 5-1 mark in the UFC outside of the affairs including victories over Nate Marquardt, Yushin Okami, Brian Stann, and Michael Bisping.
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